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Marble portrait of the emperor Augustus

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
ca. A.D. 14–37
12in. (30.5cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The over life-size fragment may have been part of a seated statue of the emperor made during the reign of his step-son and successor, Tiberius. Over two hundred and fifty portraits, including numerous full-length statues, have survived. Although Augustus’ features are individualized, he is represented in an idealized, ageless way. When he died in A.D. 14, he was seventy-seven years old, but no portraits of him in old age are known.
[Until 1907, collection of Edward P. Warren, Lewes House, Sussex, UK]; acquired in 1907, purchased from E.P. Warren.
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Robinson, David Moore. 1926. "Two New Heads of Augustus." American Journal of Archaeology, 30(2): p. 127, fig. 1.

Montini, Italo. 1938. Il ritratto di Augusto. no. 66 , pp. 59, 90, Rome: C. Colombo.

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Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 259, p. 308, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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